Jan 22

Lemon Icebox Pie

in Dessert, Pie, Pie Week, Southern (American)

Lemon Icebox Pie

I’ve been dreaming about lemon icebox pie since my first taste.  In 2003 Mr. Fuji and I ate Thanksgiving dinner with his dad’s in-laws in Jackson, Tennessee.  For dessert I ate a slice of his mother-in-law’s lemon icebox pie, a classic Southern confection made up of a buttery graham cracker crust, a tart, creamy filling and a silky meringue topping.  Recently I was lucky enough to get the recipe (squeeeeeeee!!!), just in time for Pie Week!

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This pie is easy to make.

Making Lemon Icebox Pie

Just crush some graham crackers, then stir some butter into the crumbs and press them into a pie plate.  Bake the crust briefly, let it cool, and then fill it with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Finally, beat some egg whites with cream of tartar and sugar until the meringue holds stiff peaks, and spoon it over your pie and bake!  Once it has cooked you cool it and then put it in the refrigerator (aka, the icebox…thus the name) to chill.  That’s it! 

Chowing on Lemon Ice Box Pie

It’s a simple pie to make, but it is elegant, perfect for a special occasion, or even if you just want to make a regular afternoon extra special.  The Fujilings like afternoons that include pie.  Smart girls.  Tomorrow is National Pie Day.  How are you going to celebrate?

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Lemon Icebox Pie

Makes 1 9-inch pie

For the graham cracker crust:
1 cup (4.3 ounces) fine graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoon softened butter

For the pie filling:
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 egg yolks, beaten with a fork
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 large or 4 small lemons)

For the meringue:
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated sugar

1. Make the graham cracker crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and softened butter together in a medium bowl, stirring with a fork to mix them together evenly. Press the mixture into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned. Then remove the crust from the oven and place on a cooling rack and let it cool to room temperature before adding the filling.

2. Make the pie filling: Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk the condensed milk, egg yolks, and lemon juice together in a medium bowl. Spoon the filling into the cooled graham cracker crust.

3. Make the meringue: Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with a mixer on high speed until foamy. Increase the speed to high, and gradually add the granulated sugar. Beat the egg whites until the meringue holds stiff peaks. Scoop the meringue onto the pie filling, then gently spread it over the filling and seal it to the edges of the crust. Use the back of a spoon to create swirls in the meringue.

4. Bake the pie: Bake the pie in the preheated oven for approximately 18 minutes, until the meringue is turning golden brown. Remove the pie from the oven, and set it on a cooling rack to cool, then refrigerate for several hours. Serve chilled.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 22, 2014 at 6:16 am

Mmm this pie looks awesome!


Fuji Nana January 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

Hmmm. I may celebrate tomorrow by making this pie. Or that apple one. Or maybe the one you are going to post tomorrow. Could I twist your arm and get a sneak preview?


Lizthechef January 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

What a great use for some of my Meyer lemons…Happy National Pie Day early and Happy Birthday Eve Day ;)


JS West and Companies via Facebook January 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Easy & Elegant – Thank you, La Fuji Mama


Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering January 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I absolutely love lemon desserts, especially one so superbly easy! Going to make this for church brunch one of these days. I imagine some ginger snaps would make a nice crust with some kick!


Averie @ Averie Cooks January 24, 2014 at 12:14 am

Rachel this is sooo pretty! I have a ton of lemons to use. And your girls are just beautiful! pinned


Betty Ann @Mango_Queen January 24, 2014 at 8:16 am

Oh gosh, this Lemon Icebox Pie looks amazing. Even better, it is so easy to make. I have to make dessert for my sons this weekend. This pie has all the flavors they will love. Thanks for sharing the recipe :-)


Lullu February 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

Mmm.. really perfect combination!!


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